Innovate Development serves to connect our community with resources that are going to help them in their work and promote innovation within our industry. Below you’ll find funding opportunities with an emphasis on innovative design.

If you come across more opportunities for our community let us know at

Check back regularly as we will be continually updating this list.

Global Center for Food Systems Innovation

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is inviting proposals from universities, government or private laboratories or research organizations, for profit and non-profit companies and individuals meeting the requirement of the call to apply for the grants. Grant request can be made for three stages of projects – innovation scalability grants, innovation evaluation grants and early stage innovation grants.

Grant Categories

Early Stage Innovation Grants – up to $100,000 each for fund innovators with ideas to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system.

Innovation Evaluation Grants – up to $250,000 each for innovations that are developed but have not been fully deployed or rigorously tested in the field. Activities can be – field trials, stakeholder focus groups, refinement of the innovation design, and market assessments.

Innovation Scalability Grants – up to $500,000 each for innovations that have proven themselves functional and potentially feasible for broader deployment. A one-to-one private sector or non-USG funding match is required to help ensure that innovations are of interest to multiple stakeholders and relevant to local development conditions.

Tiet Foundation

Tiet Foundation aims to support organizations that maximize impact and create change. Its grant programs seek to support high-impact, low-cost solutions to the world’s toughest problems—in particular, social injustices.

Its latest grant cycle is now open and organizations can request funding of up to US $5000. It mostly supports projects in the areas of:

  • Social/economic inequalities
  • Marginalized populations (women, older adults, people with disabilities, LGBTQI,
  • Indigenous/native people, refugees/internally displaced persons, etc.

Funding is given to organizations that are either direct service providers or work in the field of advocacy. Funds may be used for general organization support or for a project.


Catalytic Fund

The call for proposals for Catalytic Fund Grants 2015 for Urban Development was opn from May-June 2015. The Catalytic Fund (CATF) is a Cities Alliance funding instrument which provides grant support for innovative projects that strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction and in sustainable urban development.

Focus areas for proposals

Proposals are requested along any one of five focus areas. All proposals will need to demonstrate how gender is mainstreamed through the planned activities.

Know your city finances and assets. Proposals should aim to widen and deepen citizens’ involvement into municipal finance systems.

Know your citizens – social accountability.

Know ALL of your city and its constituencies- Proposals should aim to produce innovative tools, methodologies.

Know the future potential of your city – methodologies for planning.

Know the emerging issues- Any other type of proposal that aims to develop innovations in data collection, tools and processes on any issue that can be justified as having future pivotal significance for cities.

Grant Limit

The Limit grant size requests to between US $50,000 – US $200,000.


GMA MWomen Innovation Fund

GSMA mWomen Innovation Fund provides seed funding for NGOs to design and launch an economically sustainable product/service, distribution model or marketing campaign that increases women’s access to and use of mobile phones and value-added services.

It aims to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services in developing markets. It supports projects in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.

mWomen Innovation grants span a range of mobile products and services:

  • Education and Skills Training
  • Mobile Financial Services
  • mHealth
  • Product or Brand


Japan Water Forum

The Japan Water Forum (JWF) accepts applications every year for JWF Fund to meet the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to find solutions to help advance a sustainable global society. The Funds seeks to resolve and reduce water-related problems in least developed & developing countries.

Grass root Organizations in least developed and developing countries can apply for these funds under two themes respectively-

Theme 1: Innovative Solutions for Water and Sanitation

Theme 2: Water-related disaster risk reduction

Grants of up to US$ 1,000 per project will be awarded to the selected applicants.



KOSMOS is an ancient Greek term meaning the harmony and beauty of the universe wherein all parts have their place within the Whole. Two Kosmos Seed Grants of $2500 each will be awarded in 2015 to the short listed applicants.

Focus Areas:

  • Economics
  • Governance
  • Law
  • Media
  • Business
  • Education
  • Science
  • Spirituality


Saville Foundation

All Africa based organizations working in education (primary, secondary, tertiary education; non-formal and adult education) and combating poverty in an innovative, sustainable and effective way are invited to participate in Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Teach a Man to Fish is seeking for organizations or projects making great changes in their community. Entries can be made by a non-African NGO on behalf of their local partner/office (in Africa) in a condition that the prize money and conference travel bursaries are claimed by and used for the benefit of Africa-based organization.

Teach a Man to Fish partners with the Saville Foundation to award this prize.


  • US$10,000 – Best entry award
  • US$5,000 each – Two runner ups
  • US$1,000 each – 55 best entries from each African country

Top three award winners will be offered a sponsored trip to the international conference and peer-learning workshop of Teach a man to fish.

Media publicity and enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities are other benefits.


USAID Development Innovations Venture

“DIV is interested in innovations that are expected to lead to transformative (as opposed to incremental) improvements that could ultimately scale across multiple developing countries and, ideally, multiple sectors in these countries. DIV recognizes that development breakthroughs can come from anywhere—a lab in a university, a local organization or a passionate entrepreneur. Solutions range from new technologies and new service-delivery practices to novel or more cost-effective  variations on existing practices. Innovations are expected to eventually scale up through the private sector, the public sector, or a combination of the two in order to reach sustainability without DIV support.” – USAID DIV

Their target sectors are:

  • Humanitarian Sector
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector
  • Latin America and the Caribbean region
  • Haiti

 The David and Elaine Potter Foundation

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation was established in 1999 with the purpose of doing charity to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. The mission of this foundation is to  support of ideas and social innovation through research and the support of programmes that encourage civil society and the acknowledgement of diversity. Till now up to £12 million grants has been granted to registered charities in the UK and abroad.” – FundsforNGOs

Their sectors are;

  • Human Rights
  • Civil Society
  • Education
  • Research
  • Arts
  • Global

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

“The Unilever invites young people with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges to enter the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2014. The submissions can be of any scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduce environmental impacts, improve health and well-being or enhance livelihoods through changes in practices or behaviors.” – FundsforNGOs

Their sectors are:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Nutrition
  • Water Scarcity, greenhouse gases, water, sustainable agriculture
  • Smallholder farmers, opportunities for women, micro entreprise

Altran Foundation

Since it was founded in 1982, Altran has been involved in major innovations over the years, effectively helping to develop advanced technologies. Having become a global leader in innovation consulting, the Group wished to use the skills it had developed for the common good.

In 1996, Altran created a new independent entity: the Altran Foundation for Innovation. Its mission is to “Promote technological innovation for human benefit” and its objectives are as follows:

  • to promote the emergence of creative ideas
  • to support the development of innovative ideas
  • to enable projects to progress more quickly

According to its statutes, the Foundation must select the projects that it will support via a competition.

Humanitarian Innovation Fund

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

“Our grant making is based on our understanding of five stages in innovation: recognition, invention, development, implementation and diffusion. This guides our funding and support framework while also recognising that taking ideas from inception to reality is not a simple linear process, and that these stages are iterative and interconnected. Many projects have applied for more than one of our grants, as the innovation develops and grows.”

Eu-Egypt Innovation Fund

The fund will initially focus on projects inline with Egypt ’s innovation objectives including Energy, Water, ICT, Environment, Materials and Nano-technology, Biotechnology, Health, Space, Manufacturing Industries, Food , Agriculture and Education.

The Fund is composed of two grant schemes with different objectives, eligibility criteria and types of actions

Grant Scheme 1: (€100,000 – €500,000)

The main objective of this scheme is to support initiatives and projects that contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Egypt with emphasis on increasing capital investment, enhancing technological innovation and improving competitiveness of the different economic sectors in Egypt . Also this scheme will concentrate on strengthening cooperation with European and regional counterparts in order to enable the transfer of technology, know how, and best practices to Egyptian institutions.

Grant Scheme 2: (€10,000 – €25,000)

The main objectives of Scheme 2 are enhancing collaboration between the research community and the industry to embark on fruitful cooperation aiming at technological innovation, raising awareness on importance of R&D and innovation, and enabling SMEs and entrepreneurs to solve technical problems and develop certain ideas that do not need mega financing. Also this scheme will support activities aiming at strengthening networking/cooperation with European and regional counterparts to promote technology transfer and implement best practices.


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